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Custom Cake Ordering Information

At Cake Nouveau, we specialize in creating unique custom cakes. The possibilities are endless and we enjoy the process of turning your inspiration into a beautiful design. Browse our online cake gallery to see a few of our favorite cakes, and hopefully one day we will add your next cake to it!

     Instructions For Placing Your Order:

  1. Come in or call us. Creating a one-of-a-kind cake can be complex, so while we do answer email questions, we prefer cake orders to be placed in person or over the phone so that we can make sure we get all the information we need from you about your cake. We have a trained staff that will be happy to help you with design and flavor ideas, and answer any other questions you may have. Please do not place orders or make inquiries over Facebook. Call us!
  2. Save the date! We choose to give our full attention to a limited number of cakes on any given date, so one of the most important things is to check our availability for your cake. Most of our customers reserve their cakes a month to a year in advance. Unfortunately, this means we must often decline cake orders for dates that have been booked up, especially on weekends during busy seasons or holidays. Planning ahead for your event and putting down your nonrefundable deposit will reserve your date and make sure you get that special cake. We recommend placing orders at least one month in advance.
  3. Know the size of your cake. When placing an order, please have an idea of how big a cake you need, or how many people you would like to feed, as well as the sort of style or design you have in mind. Our initial price estimate for most cakes is based on the number of slices or the size of the tiers, so this information is essential in providing an accurate quote.
  4. Be prepared with ideas. Designing a unique cake creation can be a challenge even for the most artistic person. We are happy to guide you through the process and present you with ideas based on your initial inspiration, event, or person. Share with us a theme, colors, or any specific design ideas you would like to see in your cake. It is often helpful to bring in or email us pictures that have inspired your cake, or invitations or fabric samples that show specific colors or designs.
  5. Be flexible. Remember that Courtney is the artist, and the final product will likely reflect her talent and style, and will be her interpretation of the theme. Many of our actual design decisions must happen as the cake itself is being made or put together. We will do everything we can to capture your ideas and put them into a cake!
  6. Give us your information. We will ask for detailed contact information, including names, phone numbers, or emails, in case we must contact you for any reason. We also need information about your event location and time, including other contacts at the event location if possible and a correct address if it is a delivery. For an order placed by phone, have a credit card ready so you can place your nonrefundable deposit to reserve your date. When scheduling pick up or delivery times, keep in mind that later is always better. It gives us more time to work on the details of your cake and will help it arrive fresher to your event. And don't forget we are closed on Sundays and Mondays!
     Nonrefundable Deposits: We require a non-refundable deposit of about 25% of the estimated cake order up to $100 to hold your date. All wedding orders require a $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve the date. Orders are taken on a first come, first serve basis, so if an order is cancelled at the last minute, we lose business that we could have had from other orders we turned down. For this reason deposit money will not be returned if an order is cancelled. We ask that any interested clients confirm their order within one week of the tasting or appointment, or the order may be cancelled. Cakes must be paid in full one week before the date of delivery, unless otherwise arranged. For some last minute cancellations, the full price of the cake may still be charged and is non-refundable.
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Cupcake & Truffle Ordering Information

Cake Nouveau also specializes in beautiful cupcakes that consist of our own unique recipes using only natural ingredients. Cupcakes are baked fresh the day of your event and topped with our own light and smooth French buttercream icing. Stop by our store on Fridays and Saturdays and try one of our 4 weekly rotating flavors. We are happy to put together a special order of customized cupcakes for you any day of the week! Our delicious cake truffles are available daily in an every changing variety of flavors, and like cupcakes, our truffles can be specially ordered and decorated for your next event. Below are some requirements and tips for placing cupcake or truffle orders:

  • Place orders in advance. Large orders and weekday orders must be placed ahead of time. We often sell out of cupcake flavors on weekends, so if you have your heart set on cupcakes for any reason, just give us a call, and we'll make sure you get them!
  • Pay when you order. We require all cupcake and truffle orders to be paid in full at the time the order is placed. This saves you time when picking up your order and also helps make sure orders are picked up and not packaged and left stranded at our store.
  • Choose your size. Our cupcakes are available in two sizes, regular or mini, while truffles come in only one size.
  • Order the right quantity. We accept orders in ANY quantity for each of the four weekly flavors we are already making. However, for special flavors not being featured, we require a minimum order of at least a dozen cupcakes or truffles for each flavor. We have to bake a whole batch just for you!
  • Specialty Cupcakes. Specialty cupcakes include any cupcakes that a filled with one of our sweet, gooey creams or ganache, as well as cupcakes that may be topped with unique or hand-made decorations. Prices start at $30 per dozen for our specialty cupcakes and may vary depending on the request.
  • Pick any flavor. Our cupcakes and truffles come in dozens of unique flavors. For help deciding your flavors, please refer to our cupcake information card.
  • Choose your decorations. Sprinkes or other toppings are included on all our cupcakes or truffles, however, custom-made fondant or gumpaste decorations may be ordered at extra cost.
  • Delivery Options. Cupcake and truffle orders may also be enhanced to include special gift packaging, a card, candle, and may be delivered according to our regular delivery prices and availability.
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Other Sweets Information

Our pastry chefs at Cake Nouveau can also create a variety of other sweet treats for your next special order. These items may not be listed on our menu, and require advance notice to prepare.


Cake Shooters

Cake Martinis

Chocolate Tarts

Granola Bars
Interested in ordering a treat not listed on our site? Call us to inquire.
Cake Shooters: Small shot glasses filled with alternating layers of cake and buttercream in the flavor of your choice. Topped and served with a miniature spoon, this unique cake presentation is sure to please your guests!
Cake Martinis: Martini glasses filled with alternating layers of cake and buttercream in the flavor of your choice, and drizzled with sweet sauce. This sweet cocktail is available in regular and miniature sizes!
Chocolate Tarts: These are decadently sweet and rich chocolate ganache tarts made with Godiva chocolate liqueur.
Granola Bars: Homemade granola bars can be made to contain a wide variety of natural, organic grains, nuts, and dried fruit, lightly sweetened with honey.
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Cake & Cupcake Stand Rental Information

At Cake Nouveau we have a limited number of cake and cupcake stands that are available to be rented for your event. Stand rental includes a daily rate and a deposit fee that must be paid when the stand is picked up. Deposit fees cover the cost of the stand should it be damaged, and will be returned to the customer in the manner they were paid upon the return of the stands, minus any late charges or a cleaning fee of $5 if the stand is not returned clean.

 Silver 24 Cupcake Stand
Daily Rental Fee: $5.00
Deposit Fee: $30.00
 5 Tier Acrylic Stand
Daily Rental Fee: $10.00
Deposit Fee: $50.00
 3 Tier Jeweled Stand
Daily Rental Fee: $10.00
Deposit Fee: $40.00
 Silver 24 Cupcake Stand
Daily Rental Fee: $5.00
Deposit Fee: $30.00

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Wedding Information

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Pricing Information

How much is that cake on your website?
All of our cakes are custom creations, made for a specific person or event. Therefore, the price would not be relevant to your party or event. We cannot tell you how much a previous client paid for their cake, because cake prices depend on many different factors. However, if you are interested in a similar cake and are willing to provide us with some specific details about your desired cake, we would be happy to provide you with a base price estimate. Please call us for more information or read more about our pricing information.
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What are your cake prices?
Since all of our cakes are unique, and customized to you, we do not have set prices. Cakes are priced according to several different criteria. Our base prices per slice can give you a general idea of the the estimated starting price of your cake. The base price includes the layered cake with flavored buttercream filling, fondant icing, and very simple decoration. Other factors that add to the price include cake sculpting, gumpaste decorations, detailed piping, painting, airbrushing, or other time consuming design elements, and delivery. Price estimates will be provided when orders are placed, but final prices are usually not set until closer to the delivery date and are subject to change if necessary to compensate for unexpected time or level of difficulty. All cakes must be paid off in full with cash, debit, or credit card at least one week before delivery date, or the order may be cancelled.

Base Prices:     Party/Event Cakes:   Start at $5.00/slice plus extra design or delivery costs.
                          Wedding Cakes:   Start at $7.00/slice plus extra design or delivery costs.

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Do you require a deposit for cake orders?
Yes. We require a non-refundable deposit of about 25% of the estimated cake order in order to hold your date. All wedding cake orders require a $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve the date. Our orders are taken on a first come, first serve basis. We receive a lot of inquiries for dates that are unavailable, so if an order is cancelled at the last minute, we lose business that we could have had from other orders we turned down. For this reason deposit money will not be returned if an order is cancelled. We understand that some clients prefer to have a tasting and shop around before making a final decision, so we ask that any interested clients confirm their order by putting down a deposit within one week of the tasting or appointment, or the order may be cancelled. Cakes must be paid in full one week before the date of delivery, unless otherwise arranged. For some last minute cancellations, the full price of the cake may still be charged and is non-refundable.
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Do you deliver or ship cakes?
Yes, we deliver. No, we do not ship cakes at this time. We prefer to deliver all wedding cakes and most large event cakes, as they may require some set-up. Delivery prices are calculated according to total travel distance. Local delivery cost is usually $15 - $25. There is no limit to the distance we may willing to deliver, however our availability does limit whether or not we will be able to make some deliveries. Long deliveries or out-of-state deliveries may require special arrangements, so please contact us for more information or estimates.
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How do I schedule a cake tasting or design consultation?
Due to the number of cakes she works on each day, Courtney is only available for personal meetings for wedding cakes or large event cakes that serve 100 people or more. For smaller cakes, we ask that you speak to one of our staff members at the shop who will take your order and help you come up with ideas for a fabulous cake. Because weekends are so very busy, we are only able to schedule appointments during the week on Monday through Thursday between 1:00pm and 6:00pm. We require a $25 deposit for all cake tastings, which includes up to four cake flavor combinations of your choice. Additional flavors may also be requested for $10 each. If you choose to have Cake Nouveau make your cake, then the tasting will be free of charge and the $25 deposit will be credited toward the final price of your order. All of our cake tastings are prepared and boxed for pick-up only and will be ready for pick-up at the pre-arranged time set at the time the order is placed.
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What flavors can I choose from for my order?
Your flavor options at Cake Nouveau are virtually unlimited! All of our cakes are made with alternating layers of cake and buttercream filling. You will need to select both a cake flavor and a buttercream flavor. Our most common cake flavors are Dark Chocolate or Vanilla, but other flavors or spices may be added to the cakes if desired. Our buttercream can be made in a wide variety of flavors to complement the cake. we have access to many flavors in our shop, and with enough notice, can accomodate almost any flavor you can dream up. For a list of a few flavor ideas, see our cupcake information card here.
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What is fondant?
All of our cakes are covered in fondant, which is a sugar dough made from powdered sugar, gelatin, vanilla, and other sugary ingredients. We roll out our fondant very thin and lay it over the buttercreamed cakes. There are several reasons why we prefer to work with fondant on our cakes. We love the flawless, porcelain finish it gives to the exterior of our cakes. It also seals the cake and helps to keep it very moist on the inside. It also adds strength to the exterior of the cake in a way that makes it easier to handle, transport, and most importantly, decorate. Many of the decorations you see are sculpted or cut out of fondant and can be held in place very firmly even under stressful transportation or weather conditions. At the time the cakes are served the fondant can be cut with the cake and easily removed by anyone not wishing to eat it. For those of you who think you don't like fondant, we encourage you to please try ours. We use a delicious vanilla or chocolate fondant that we think may pleasantly surprise you if you have had bad fondant before... and trust me, we have tried them all!
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Do you make sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan cakes?
Sorry, but we do not make any cakes that are sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan. Unfortunately, we also are unable to accomodate anyone with strict nut allergies. Allergies can be very serious and we use products (chocolate, flour, etc...) that are manufactured around nut products. We recommend contacting Whole Foods in Ann Arbor for sugar-free and gluten-free cakes.
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Are you hiring or looking for help?
At this time we are not hiring for the front counter or kitchen positions. You are welcome to drop off a resume in person and we will keep it on file for future job openings. We are also not accepting any interns, externs, or co-op students at this time. Please feel free to check back in the future.
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I'd love to learn how to make cakes. Can I come watch you work?
We are sorry, but the kitchen is a very busy place, and most people don't realize the stress involved with making these cakes and getting them done on time. We prefer to devote our full attention to each cake in order to make it as spectacular as we can. If you are serious about learning cakes, Courtney has been hired to do seminars or demos for various groups and will soon be making available classes that can be taken by individuals or groups. Please contact us for more information or if you are interested in hiring Courtney for any cake related seminars, classes, or demonstrations.
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